Creating a Sun flare Effect in Adobe Lightroom

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Jordan Younce
  By Jordan Younce
Creating a Sun flare Effect in Adobe Lightroom

Hey, I will use this tutorial to teach you how you can create a sun flare effect in Adobe Lightroom quickly and easily. This will transform your photos and images, giving them trendy and spectacular effects. These effects are normally amazing especially when it comes to photos which are during overcast days using cameras with too flat lighting. Sun flare effects adds some warmth to photos and images but this does not need to cost you so much time while doing it. With the Lightroom presets, you will be able to increase color and contrast to your images and photos.

To use this technique, you will only need one tool basically and that is Radial Filter Tool which is one of the local correction tools in Lightroom. The first thing is to open your redial filter tool and this is where you can draw a large circle on your photo layer. It will have a major effect as can be seen in the tutorial video. But of course, it is important that you install Lightroom presets.

Now, before we go any further, it will be important to consider the direction of light in your photos. You must be able to figure out where the shadows are being case otherwise you might end up with a photo that looks obviously manipulated. Knowing the direction of light in your photos will help you understand where you need to create a sun flare effect thus leaving your photo looking natural.

With this in mind, just draw the circle on the side that is directly facing the light. Then feather the brush all the way to 100% and then make the edges really nice and soft. From here, just play with the colors by warming them up a little bit (Use the Temperature option) because the sun is warm and then take the exposure and put it up fairly on the image.

Then take the clarity and reduce it a little bit so it’s a little hazy and take back then dehaze a little bit down as well. You can reduce the warmth a little bit until you are satisfied but that should basically do it. With this done, you can now drag it around and position it where you want it to be. To have the sun flare effect look exactly the way you want, you can try to edit the photo.

To do this, just warm the photo as well and increase the exposure a bit, shadows, clarity and contrast. Once this is done to your satisfaction, just click “Done” and there you have it. You can have a look at the “Before” and “After” photo to see how different the two are.

You will notice that the earlier photo was a bit boring but with the creation of sun flare effect in Adobe Lightroom, everything changes and the photo looks more appealing and warm.

From here, you can save the new photo as a preset by clicking on “check none” and then check “Radial Filter” and put “Sun Flare” and then click on “Create.”

With this done, I will go this other photo and choose my created preset (Sun Flare). As you can see, this puts the sun flare effect exactly where it was in the other photo but I can move around and make it a little larger since this photo calls for a little larger circle. Since the two photos are different, you can edit the photo a little bit by pushing the sliders to add some warmth, increase exposure, contrast, and vibrancy and maybe reduce the highlight a little bit.

The secret is to ensure that you have the desired effects and this is possible as you play around with the sliders to either increase or decrease some of the options available.

As you work on your images, always make sure you have consistency before completing the process otherwise your images might look faked to a keen observer. You can use your newly created Sun Flare Effect preset for future photos and it will help make your photo editing faster and easier even as you use Adobe Lightroom.

I hope you learned something and are ready to work on your photos to create a sun flare effect for that warm look. You should also feel free to look at some of our amazing Presets and see how they can help you work on your images for an added flare. If you work with Photoshop, then you can use our lovely collection of Light Flare Overlays to make this post production process a one-step task.

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Jordan Younce

Jordan Younce

I am a Real Estate and Landscape photography as well as a Graphic Designer based in North Carolina, USA. My passion for photography started with taking photos with a point-and-shoot and now I own a successful photography business. My goal is to help others learn the art of photography, develop their creative side and just have fun.

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